06/27/2012 4:22PM

Los Alamitos: One Dashing Eagle ineligible for $1 Bonanza bonus


There will be no $1 million payout in the Los Alamitos Bonanza for 2012, the bonus that links the track’s three seven-figure futurities.

One Dashing Eagle, the winner of the $1,041,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity last Sunday, cannot run in all three races, which includes the Golden State Million in November and the Los Alamitos Two Million in December.

Because of a clerical “mistake,” One Dashing Eagle was not nominated to the Two Million. There is no supplemental entry stage.

As a result, owners Jose and Gustavo De La Torre and Jorge Carmona plan to send One Dashing Eagle to Ruidoso Downs for the trials of the All American Futurity in August. The final is Sept. 3.

“He’d be a good candidate,” Carmona said of the All American. “He might be a tough little horse up there. At worse, we can run him back in the Golden State.”

Purchased for $43,000 as a yearling, One Dashing Eagle has emerged as the leading 2-year-old in California. He was the fastest qualifier for the Ed Burke from the June 10 trials, and ran an improved race in the 350-yard final.

Ridden by Adrian Loza, One Dashing Eagle led throughout and won by 1 1/4 lengths over Fires Blazin in 17.33 seconds. One Dashing Eagle has earned $424,105.

One Dashing Eagle has won 2 of 3 starts. He was trained by Ugo De La Torre, a brother to the co-owners, when second in his debut on April 29. Eloy Navarro took over training in May after Ugo De La Torre was suspended by Los Alamitos stewards for 200 days and fined $17,500 for two clenbuterol overages in the summer of 2011.

De La Torre was hit with a severe penalty because the infractions occurred during a time in which he was on probation for a clenbuterol overage from 2010. The suspension runs through Dec. 3.

The Burke was the second seven-figure futurity win for the De La Torre brothers. They won the 2010 Golden State Million with One Sweet Jess.

“You don’t have chances to run in big races like this too often,” Jose De La Torre said. “Then you get a chance to do so and you have 18 seconds to experience the race. It’s a big mix of adrenalin and nerves, but now it’s an incredible feeling of happiness.”